Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School
Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders
Lidia Lee, Ph.D., CCC-A
Audrey Farrugia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Sally Burton-Hoyle, Ed.D.
This thesis consists of three journal articles for publication that addresses three different aspects of the research that examines the state of diversity in the field of speech-language pathology (SLP) as it pertains to autistic representation and possible implications. In the first article, Demographic Analysis of Autistic Speech-Language Pathologists, the purpose was to determine the demographic differences between SLPs that identified on the autism spectrum and those that did not. A mass survey was conducted of SLPs in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio. It was concluded that 2.98% of SLPs self-identified on the autism spectrum. Chi-square analyses found statistically significant differences in gender, pronouns, and preference for disability accommodations. In article 2, Clinical Tendencies of Autistic Speech-Language Pathologists, the purpose of this study was to compare autistic and non-autistic SLPs’ clinical tendencies toward autistic clients. A mass survey was conducted of SLPs in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio; in addition, autistic SLPs were recruited from online communities. Chi-square analyses found significant differences in preferences for autism assessments and interventions, clientcentered practice, and anti-autism stigma, but no significant differences were observed in rapport/progress and knowledge of autism. In article 3, Clinical Correlates of Speech-Language Pathologist Autism Preferences, the primary purpose of this study was to draw correlations between SLP preferences for particular autism assessments/interventions and preferences in clinical practice using the same set of data. Aggregated responses were analyzed using Spearman’s correlations and indicated weak associations between autism assessments/interventions and measures of self-reported client-centeredness, client rapport and progress, anti-autism stigma, and knowledge about autism.
Freeman Barnett, Rebecca, "Speech-language pathologists on the autism spectrum" (2022). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 1127.
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